Wind and solar power are at the heart of a big new push by the French government to increase the renewable share of the country's total energy consumption from 6.7 percent in 2004 to 20 percent by 2020.

"These targets mark a new era in the development of wind and solar power in France, and though they are ambitious, they can be achieved." --Jean-Michel Parroufe, Renewable Energy Division Head, French Environment and Energy Management Agency